Born This Way Foundation Gets Harvard Launch
By KRISTA WICK
February 29, 2012
Early Wednesday, Lady Gaga donned her Ivy League best to join media mogul Oprah Winfrey, spiritual guru Deepak Chopra and mama Gaga (Cynthia Germanotta) to officially launch her Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University.
Dressed in a demure version of her signature style, Gaga addressed a packed auditorium of her little monsters as well as supporters and fans who were able to watch the proceedings live over the Internet.
"This is not an anti-bullying foundation, this is a youth-empowerment foundation," clarified Lady Gaga of her ongoing efforts to combat bullying and empower the youth of America. "This is about changing the climate of the school environment and not putting the power in the hands of the teachers or the government, it is about the bubble effect. I don't believe they have the answers, I believe that you do."
Oprah deemed the progress of the BTW Foundation as an inspiring "movement," a compliment which Gaga re-directed towards her mom.
"My mother really inspires me because she always talked about giving back ever since I was very, very young, and the more that I got to know my fans, the more that I got to realize that not everybody has that support system at home, and I thought about the nuclear family," she said. "I thought about how we can create a place, the Born This Way Foundation, a place where the nuclear family means more than one thing. Your family can be anywhere. It can be the person that is sitting right next to you."
To find out more about Gaga's efforts to empower youth, visit the BornThisWayFoundation.org.
Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming episode of Oprah's Next Chapter on OWN, which will chronicle the behind-the-scenes happenings from today's Born This Way Foundation launch.